City encourages residents to nominate volunteers
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 11:23 am
For the past 11 years the City of Airdrie has been honouring outstanding community volunteers with the Volunteer of the Year Award and is once again asking residents to nominate someone who is making a difference in the community.
“The City of Airdrie has long valued the contributions that volunteers in this community have made,” said Robbie White, community developer for the City, in a press release. “Volunteering is a tradition that Airdrie citizens continue to uphold.”
All nominees are invited to the awards ceremony and are recognized for their efforts regardless of whether or not they win.
Award winners receive a certificate and are acknowledged both at the ceremony and on the City’s website.
“Volunteerism is a selfless act, but is one that deserves to be recognized,” White said. “It is for this reason that the City would like to encourage residents to nominate the outstanding volunteers in our community.”
Nominations can be made online at airdrie.ca and there is a choice of four categories: Leader of Tomorrow Award, Ambassador Award, Soul of Airdrie Award and Volunteer Advocate Award.
The Leader of Tomorrow Award recognizes a local youth ages 11 to 18 who has shown leadership in the community through their volunteerism.
Last year’s winner Donovan Ryan, a George McDougall High School student, won in-part due to his involvement in the Hyjinx Youth Council and the Boys and Girls Club, and as a founding member of the Airdrie Transit Customer Service Advisory Group. He was also involved in changing Rocky View Schools Internet use policies in 2011.
The Ambassador Award, which was awarded posthumously to Ed Eggerer in 2013, recognizes a citizen or business entity that has made an outstanding contribution in promoting the city of Airdrie as a place for community and opportunity through volunteerism and philanthropy.
“He really loved his family, he really loved his community and he really loved Airdrie,” said his wife Sylvia Eggerer when she accepted the award on his behalf in May 2013.
The Soul of Airdrie Award is given to an individual who has made an exceptional contribution as a volunteer in the fields of art and culture, athletics, social and community services, and/or governance.
Last year’s winner Jack Lumley has been volunteering in Airdrie for over 20 years.
The Volunteer Advocate Award honours a not-for-profit organization, volunteer-comprised grassroots committee or community group that has demonstrated community leadership by engaging citizens through volunteerism. Last year’s winner was Meals on Wheels.
The nomination deadline is March 28 and the winners will be announced in May.
“I’m always surprised by how few (nominations) we get,” White said, adding last year only 20 nominations were received.
“I know we have a lot of great volunteers in the community.
He said he would like to see nominations for sports groups, Scouts, Girl Guides, school councils and similar groups that tend to be overlooked when the call for nominations goes out.
“It’s just really important to acknowledge the work being done in Airdrie,” White said.